1. FC Union Berlin are a football club based in the German capital's Köpenick district. The club first won promotion to the top flight in 2019, after beating Stuttgart over two legs in the Bundesliga's annual playoff.
1. FC Union Berlin, commonly referred to as Union Berlin, were founded under their current name in 1966, but their roots extend back to much earlier than the founding of the former East Germany in 1949. In the former GDR, Union's fan base was largely anti-establishment, and the antithesis to the fan base of their biggest rivals, BFC Dynamo. After long languishing in Germany's lower divisions following reunification, Union established themselves as a fixture in the second division for a decade, before finally achieving promotion in 2019.
Matchday 23 ended with a match that will be best remembered for a stay-away protest by some of Frankfurt's hard-core supporters. With the home fans focused on making a point, it was Union Berlin who took all three.
One of the most memorable Bundesliga weekends saw two fierce derbies, an 8-0 win and a Bayern humbling that cost Niko Kovac his job. Timo Werner, Thorgan Hazard and Union Berlin had a better time of it on Matchday 10.
The football might have been underwhelming in the Berlin derby, but this was German fan culture at its best — until rockets were fired onto the pitch. At that point, a line has been crossed, writes DW's Matt Ford.
Hertha face local rivals Union for the first time in the Bundesliga as the German capital takes center stage. With new financial backing and Berlin booming, it’s the perfect time for the 'Old Lady' to make a fresh start.
Dortmund's 3-1 defeat to Bundesliga new boys Union Berlin came as a shock on Matchday 3. After a host of smart signings, they were widely tipped to take Bayern's crown. Not on this evidence, writes Ed McCambridge.